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Book Title: Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor, Vol. 1|
The author of the book: Stan Lee
Date of issue: July 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780785112679
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.14 MB
Edition: Marvel Entertainment Group
Read full description of the books Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor, Vol. 1:First off, I am a fan of the Marvel Masterworks series and generally enjoy the cheesy goodness that Marvel’s early comics bring to the table. So it is with a heavy heart that I must saddle poor Thor with one measly star. But this was pretty rough. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby only teamed up for one of the 18 issues included in this collection, and the series suffered in their absence. The writing is generally uninspired, the plots repetitive, and the villains mostly yawn-inducing. There is a lot of Loki in this collection, possibly because the writers were having real trouble coming up with other memorable foes. They certainly didn’t strike gold when they rolled out The Rock Men of Saturn:
“Now wait just a darned minute!” you may exclaim. “Those losers are from the first issue! It gets better from there!!” First of all, calm down! But also it really doesn’t. If Thor’s not tussling with Loki, he’s generally either thumping commies, busting two-bit hoodlums or defending earth from speedo-wearing alien warriors:
When Thor is not busy saving mankind from these dire threats, he is usually trying to sleep with ”get with” his assistant. Suffice to say this will-they-or-won’t-they tale did not have me on the edge of my seat. Really, the reason to read this collection is the novelty factor: these are the very first Thor stories. If you are a fan, you will at least find these issues to be interesting, if not enthralling. Personally I find the whole Thor thing very confusing. At least in this first version of the story, Thor is “created” when some random guy comes across a magic stick (and even this is inconsistent…later it is revealed that only particularly heroic humans receive the gift of immortality, and what’s so heroic about fleeing from the stupid rock people). Then, Odin starts treating Dr. Blake, AKA Thor, as his own son. Which in itself is weird…Blake and Thor are clearly the same person, sharing the same consciousness, and Blake is not Odin’s son so that really makes no sense.
But even more brain-blowing is the fact that, for all intents and purposes, Thor is a god. A god! In the Marvel Universe, it becomes pretty clear to mankind that the Norse pantheon is very, very real and that the Scandinavians had it right all along. In my opinion that would be about the most massive event to happen on planet earth in some time. For one thing, it would effectively disprove any religion that maintained there was one (and only one) god…including a rather famous religion that starts with a C. For another, you’d think people would be flabbergasted by this. There is a guy running around the city who has all the answers! He ascends to heaven regularly! But the dullards of the Marvel Universe are only interested in how Thor can help them minimize street crime and take care of petty thugs. What a waste! And is this really godly behavior? Marvel, I am willing to suspend belief and accept radioactive spiders and adamantium skeletons and all sorts of crazy shit. But I cannot accept that people just putter on, business as usual, when the curtains are pulled back and the mysteries of the heavens are unveiled.
Anyway, my ravings aside these stories simply aren’t very good. I suspect that even most Thor fans would find this collection to be a slog. 1.5 stars.
Read information about the authorStan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
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